Our Raw Food Philosophy
The menus we are offering from Kaskazini Kitchen are made up of high quality, human grade muscle meats, bone, organ meats and range of fruit and vegetables, seasonal where possible. We also add a limited selection of nutritional supplements for optimal health.
We also recommend bone days as part of a balanced diet. Our dogs love pork neck bones as they take a long time to eat and give the dogs quite a work out, strengthening their neck muscles as they tear and rip away the meat from the bone. Remember to avoid large, weight bearing bones though, as dogs can chip and break their teeth on them.
The key to successful raw feeding is balance and variety over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ. The approximate ratio to aim for overall is:
80% meat, sinew, ligaments, fat
10% edible bone
5% other organ meat
Meats are high in phosphorus, bones are high in calcium. When meat is fed with 10% bone you have the exact ratios of calcium to phosphorus required by a dog. Whole prey, fish, eggs and tripe have a balanced ratio.
Complete and Balanced
One common concern with raw feeding is that it is not ‘complete and balanced’. This very much depends on what is in the raw food menu's themselves.
Of course, no one truly knows exactly what complete and balanced is for a dog but it is possible to make some observations based on understanding dogs, their history and their biology. It is intuitively obvious that kibble and cereal based diets are not, in any sense of the word, natural and observation of the reaction of a kibble fed dog to our raw meals certainly bears this out! In addition many foods show a large number of ingredients and additives, often disguising the use of lower quality meats (chicken backs being an example). Our menu's use premium meats (beef chuck steak which we process ourselves, chicken quarters not chicken backs for example) and we limit the range of ingredients to what a dog might consume in the wild, usually in the stomachs of their prey.
Most importantly we strive for balance over time just as we do with our own meals; every meal does not need to be completely balanced as long as the nutritional needs of the dog are met over the long term. You don’t calculate the exact percentages of protein and carbohydrates, or the exact amount of vitamins and minerals in each of your own meals, and you don’t have to do it with your dog’s meals. If you feed a variety of meats and organ meats in a controlled manner, then it will balance out over time.
Organs in general provide an enzyme-rich mixture of protein, B-complex vitamins, vitamins A and D, vitamin E, some vitamin C, and essential fatty acids EPA, DHA, and AA, along with minerals such as manganese, selenium, zinc, potassium and copper. Like muscle meat, organs contain a lot of phosphorus (and potassium) and are low in calcium.
For more information about our menu's see the "Menus for Dogs" page or the "Menus for Cats" page.
To read more about all our ingredients and why we add them please check out the ingredients pages in this section.